Robert Eugene Henderson

Waterloo, South Carolina

Robert Eugene Henderson, age 80, of Waterloo, South Carolina passed away comfortably at home with his family at his side on Saturday August 3, 2019.

Born the son of J.C. and Belle Stewart Henderson. He was a graduate of Laurens High School 1956. He was the owner of Handyman’s Market for 41 years and a member of Waterloo United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He was an avid supporter of his community. He loved the outdoors and helping others.

Preceded in death by 4 brothers, John, Carl, Frank and Joe Henderson, 1 sister, Alice Brazil, 1 grandson, Matthew Ohler.

He is survived by his sweetheart wife of 62 years, Gail Henderson, 1 son, Stanley Henderson, 2 daughters, Tammie Henderson (Dave) and Barbara “Barb” Ohler (Derek), 6 grandchildren, 1 brother, Glenn Henderson, 1 sister Edna Mattison.

A private funeral is to be held for the family. A celebration of life will be held Friday August 9, 2019 at 3pm at Waterloo United Methodist Church in Waterloo, South Carolina.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Hospice of Piedmont of Greenwood. If desired friends may make contributions in his memory can do so to the Hospice of Piedmont http://hospicepiedmont.org/donate/ or Parkinson’s research at https://www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give. Condolences can be sent to [email protected].

2 Comments

  1. Vernon Chandler on August 7, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I have so many fond memories of Robert. I regret that I did not learn of the seriousness of his illness until the day of his death. I recall the Sunday when Robert first visited Waterloo United Methodist Church. His story was fascinating to me. He had resigned from a job with the FBI in Washington, DC because he was unhappy with his FBI job and living in the D.C. area. It was around 1967 or 68 when he moved with his family to Waterloo and Lake Greenwood . . . determined to start his own business. I was one of his first business partners. I think I was 16 years old at the time. Robert proposed that we go into the garbage disposal business. I agreed. He furnished the truck and paid the vehicle expenses and I drove the truck and picked up the garbage. Those were the days when most folks used 55-gallon barrels for their backyard trash and garbage. We split the revenue 50/50. The business grew and I soon had to hire help from my earnings. We picked up garbage in Waterloo, Cross Hill, and all around Lake Greenwood. By the time I left Waterloo to go to college, we had so many customers that we had to begin the garbage pickup around 5 a.m. on Saturday and I did not return home until after 6 p.m. I was with Robert when he bought his first dump truck and I worked with Robert as he expanded into landscaping. I spent many hours visiting with Robert and other locals at his Handyman’s store in Waterloo. As an adult, I spent several evenings sitting on one of the rocks surrounding the campfire site he created across the road from his store. He created the site just for friends to join him in sitting around the evening campfire and sharing stories. Robert was a successful businessman and a good human being. He was a creative person. On one of my last visits to Waterloo, Robert gave me a golf cart tour of a small scale “Disney like” park he had created in the woods behind his house to entertain grandchildren and other local children.

    I am saddened to learn of Robert’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with Gail, Gil, Tammie and all the other members of his family.

    Vernon “Vernie” Chandler, Ansbach, Germany

  2. Cindy Hill on August 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I just learned of Mr. Henderson’s passing today 8-10-19. I am sorry. He was a great person. Good to us through the many many years of a shed rental. He will be missed. God bless you all.
    James & Cindy Hill

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